Boasting stunning terrain and breath-taking scenery, it is no wonder that Scotland is on many people’s travel list. It features more than 700 separate islands, while some of the most famous ones include the Hebrides and the Orkney Islands.
In fact there was one famous Beatle, Paul McCartney who gave us a rendition about one of these famous islands, known as the Mull of Kintyre. This beautiful nation also offers an array of dramatic mountain scenery not to mention deep valleys and plenty of rugged terrain.
However, when planning the ultimate break in Scotland, there are some venues where you can truly live like a king at least for 24 hours. Experiencing the lap of luxury is just a flight away.If you’re looking for and unforgettable experience, here’s a roundup of the ten most expensive hotels in Scotland.
10. Prestonfield: $300 Per Night
They don’t really come much better than Prestonfield House. Renowned for its extensive collection of A list guests, this 17th century site reopened after an impressive $9 million revamp. With former guests including Christina Aguilera, Joan Collins and Elton John, you are no doubt in illustrious company. Even Winston Churchill and the Dalai Lama have stayed at Prestenfield. With a helipad suitably placed outside, its 20 acres of manicured grounds will certainly win you over. Hungry for more? Check out Rhubarb, its renowned restaurant with more than 800 bottles of wine available. Luxurious, and the epitome of glamour, it has lots of quirky touches thrown in for good measure. For $300 a night, check out the well-appointed rooms offering lots of marble, Bose CD player, minibar and oversized oak beds
9. Greywalls Hotel: $390 Per Night
Considered to be a golfers’ haven, Greywalls Hotel is moments from the renowned Muirfield Championship Golf Course. Home to the British Open it boasts more than eight courses in the local area alone. This charming Edwardian style country manor is full of period style features tied in with a host of contemporary luxury. Foodies will adore Chez Roux under the helm of the legendary godfather of cooking Albert Roux. Don’t forget the putting green and tennis courts on site. For around $400 a night, guests can marvel in the spectacular scenery or cosy up in the grand Whisky Room.
8. Kinnettles Castle: $420 Per Night
The idyllic setting of this site will leave you speechless. As you meander up the long pathway, you will be able to gaze in awe at the glorious Kinnettles Castle and its turrets. Dating back to the 1800’s this stunning Victorian period castle benefits from more than 40 acres of rolling landscape. Situated less than 20 minutes from Dundee, it is within close proximity of Dundee and Edinburgh airport. Take advantage of the ornate fireplaces, while there is a Billiard Room and a couple of game rooms to boot. At $420 per night each of the 11 rooms offers a flat-screen TV and signature countryside vistas. If you want to push the boat out then you can always hire out this venue for your exclusive use.
7. The Howard: $490 Per Night
Based on Great King Street, the Howard in Edinburgh is elegance of the highest order. A favourite among those staying for the Edinburgh International Film Festival, you can benefit from a personal butler service upon arrival. From unpacking luggage and delivering the morning paper to fixing buttons and serving dinner, anything is possible. Consisting of a collection of stunning Georgian houses you can stay here for around $490 a night. Room amenities include a sumptuous private en-suite bathroom complete with Penhaligons toiletries as well as a fully interactive plasma TV. Exclusivity is continued in the dining room catering for only 14 guests, and you are minutes from major art galleries and a number of different high end stores
6. The Marcliffe, One Bedroom Suite: $540 Per Night
Extending across more than 10 acres of land, the Marcliffe is a well-kept secret. Constructed in 1848, guests who have walked through these famous doors include major political figureheads such as Mikhail Gorbachev and Tony Blair. Intimacy is certainly the order of the day here with only 34 rooms inside. Guests can take a shot on their snooker tables or work out in the fitness centre. Ladies are covered too thanks to a hair salon and wellbeing centre providing an extensive range of therapies. Fresh local produce is also served up at The Conservatory Restaurant where you can select from an array of 400 wines and over 90 different malt whiskies. For $540 per night why not sample their one bed suite which comes complete with a separate living room, plasma TV, walk-in shower and a range of Molton Brown toiletries.
5. The Witchery By The Castle: $590 Per Night
Oozing elegance and sophistication, The Witchery by the Castle offers nine over-sized suites. Overlooking the famous Royal Mile in Edinburgh you can take advantage of a personal breakfast hamper, while the lavish suites evoke a host of Gothic inspiration. Priced at $590 per night, you can benefit from generous wooden oak 4 poster beds and vibrant color schemes featuring reds and gold’s. Meanwhile, the bathrooms are just as grand with free-standing tubs and private dressing rooms. A showcase of Scottish dishes is presented in equally ornate surroundings. Previous residents at the Witchery have included Jack Nicholson and former James Bond Pierce Brosnan.
4. The Scotsman, Penthouse Suite: $1,900 Per Night
No stranger to celebrities, the Scotsman has hosted the likes of Pink, Kiefer Sutherland and John Cleese to name but a few. A former newspaper building, it is one of the hottest hotels in Scotland as featured by Condé Nast Traveller. Some of the accommodation also carries quirky names from its past such as the Editor and Publisher rooms. For $1,900 per night, The Penthouse is the ultimate statement. It offers a private sauna, dressing room, extensive library and your very own private terrace with majestic views overlooking the Castle.
3. The Caledonian: $1,960 Per Night
Another premium haunt for the elite, The Caledonian is yet another grand institution. In its 100th year, this particular venue has recently undergone a $40 million transformation. There is a regal feel in the air as Queen Elizabeth dined in this very hotel back in 1947. In addition, Princess Grace of Monaco and Prince Rainier have also rested their heads here for the night as well as the late Nelson Mandela. Watch out for the exclusive Guerlain spa which is a UK first and a health club with onsite gym. Suites come fully equipped with an individual living room and bedroom, plasma screen TVs and fluffy bathrobes.
2. The Balmoral: $3,750 Per Night
A genuine Edinburgh institution, the Balmoral has been home to some of the most illustrious guests in Scotland. This five star hotel has welcomed President Bill Clinton, the Queen Mother, Simon Cowell as well as Mick Jagger and rap star Missy Elliott. Legend has it that JK Rowling completed the final book of the Harry Potter series here. Open since 1902, each of its 188 bedrooms offer sublime décor and a host of modern conveniences. For $3,750 dollars per night you can enjoy decadent suites with views overlooking both Edinburgh Castle and the iconic King Arthur’s Seat. If that’s not enough, Number One provides Michelin star cooking or you can relax in the Bollinger Bar with a spot of high tea.
1. Blythswood Square, Penthouse Suite: $4,000 Per Night
Blythswood Square sets the benchmark in sheer indulgence. Located in the heart of Glasgow it has been open for more than 4 years. For a cool $4,000 you will be greeted by the finest bottle of champagne in your dedicated suite then move on to a private film screening. There is also a private lift not to mention a rooftop terrace where you can admire the views.